GodReflection: Faith Certainties
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16
By Faith We Live is to be the difference that marks all disciples of Jesus from all others who walk the face of the globe.
We live with great expectation of the next reality—a better country. A country where God’s presence will penetrate with perfection beyond my wildest imagination. No longer will sin, injustice, suffering, decay or death exist.
That doesn’t mean I live in the present adjacent to my neighbors with a lack of concern for the day to day within my here and now world. Rather, it means that daily I walk loving God and loving every human being that crosses my path. Obviously, I do neither well.
To live by faith is not to live in a holy bubble. To the contrary it is to live with confident assurance God is in control. He is busy loving, giving, saving, protecting, and orchestrating His purpose to create a new heaven and a new sin free earth for His children to enjoy in peace and perfection through all eternity.
To live by faith is to trust God with the seen and the unseen whether or not it looks at times as if Satan is predominant.
War, poverty, disease, unbridled political ambition, and natural disasters will continue to unfold. It comes with the Adamic fall. Not one second of chaos, violence, or destruction catches Father, Son, or Spirit by surprise.
Since God is Sovereign shouldn’t I learn to trust Him with His creation?
To do so is to live by faith.
By faith I live is tied closely to my day to day walk.
To live by faith has a deep engrained claim on my person.
Through the years my awareness has increased of God-planted Holy DNA in the human body. I have come to see God designed me to thirst for more than I can ever fully experience as a resident of a fallen world.
I was designed by the Creator to long for more—to long for perfect relationship with Holy God. To live by faith is to live into the Holy design.
The life of faith drinks deeper and deeper from the heart of God with full knowledge and acceptance that the holy nectar sustains but leaves its rich taste with expectation of the best yet to come.
The best news is the faith walk is designed to move toward the next reality to be brought by Jesus upon his return.
Then it will happen.
The Holy thirst will be satisfied.
The nectar from the Tree of Life will be generous. Its flow from God’s heart will be generous and eternal.
Every child of God from all of human history will drink and experience complete fulfilment. What each anticipated along the faith trail will be complete beyond our wildest imagination.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on By Faith We Live